February 11 is the expected announcement date for the long-anticipated Samsung S20. There will be three models released, including the Galaxy S20, the Galaxy S20 Plus and the Galaxy S20 Ultra. There is the possibility that along with the release of the S20, new foldable phones will be showcased, including the Samsung Galaxy Fold 2 and the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip. Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus are expected to be announced as well.
Let's break it all down.
The announcement for the Samsung S20 series is expected to be February 11 in San Francisco, California. Those not at the event can watch everything on a livestream. Samsung has given hints that the actual release date for this series is March 6.
It seems that the Samsung S20 series will follow similar pricing guidelines as it Samsung S10 predecessors. Of course, that means these prices are dependent on model and data capabilities. The Galaxy S20 and S20 Plus will offer both 5G and 4G, whereas the Galaxy S20 Ultra will only offer 5G.
British prices are the only prices that have a full set available currently. The lower end of pricing is 900 pounds for the Galaxy S20 4G. The higher end reaches 1349 pounds for the S20 Plus 5G. There are theories that there will be a cheaper option available for the Galaxy S20. It is important to note, however, that none of this information is set in stone.
Leaked images online have given customers a few ideas of what the new S20 series will look like. It appears, first off, that the rear camera will be in the upper left corner. Even better, it seems that preordering the Galaxy S20 Plus and Galaxy S20 Ultra means that a customer receives the Galaxy Buds Plus earphones for free.
Other changes in design that are not so certain include the thickness of the screen cover. Namely, it appears that the screen cover is thin in most images, although this is not confirmed. The front camera also appears to be in the middle of the front. Some leaks are even saying that the frame will be stainless steel with the classic Gorilla Glass screen.
Other leaks include that the curvature of the screen will be minimal and that there appears to be no headphone jack. Many speculate that the final color selection will be gray, blue, pink, and black.
The technology for the screen will be improved to a 120Hz, up from a 60 Hz in previous models on full HD resolution. There is also a higher refresh rate, so everything will appear smoother. That's not all, though. The size has also increased on the display, with the Galaxy S20 being 6.2 inches, the S20 Plus being 6.7 inches, and the Ultra being 6.9 inches. Some speculate that fingerprint scanning technology will also be available.
All cameras appear to be wide angle and telephoto with optical image stabilization capabilities and professional editing software embedded.
The main cameras for the Galaxy S20 and S20 Plus will be 12MP, and their front-facing camera will be 10MP. These models should offer 3x optical zoom and 30x digital zoom. Meanwhile, the top-of-the-line model will offer a front-facing 40MP camera with 10x optical zoom and 100x digital zoom.
All cameras on all three models will also have capabilities for 8K video recording, low-light capabilities, and pixel cropping when zooming. There will also be new features in the camera, including:
- space zoom
- bright night sensor
- quick take
- director's view
S20 Battery Life
The batteries are significantly larger in the S20 models. However, larger batteries don't necessarily mean longer battery life, as there are more display settings to drain the battery in this lineup. To counteract this, there are rumors of a battery health setting. Charging will still include fast-charging and wireless charging technologies.
S20 Specs and Features
Leaks indicate that the S20 series will have the Snapdragon 865 processor, which ranks the best among smartphones. That means that the basic RAM will be 12GB and has the potential to increase. The Galaxy S20 Ultra will have options for 128, 256 or 512 GB with a micro SD card holder that would give the phone an additional terabyte.
All three models of the S20 are expected to be waterproof and dust proof. There are rumors that spectrometers could be included in the smartphones, though this is not very likely. As for matching up to the competition, Samsung S20s will also have Quick Share which works similarly to Apple's Airdrop.